(From the publisher):
In this masterly new Modesty Blaise adventure, Peter O'Donnell again takes us back into the days of The Network
, when Willie Garvin, raw and untried, performed an apparently impossible rescue feat and so won entry to Modesty's elite band.
Nine years later, when the present story begins, that early exploit is to rebound on both Modesty and Willie and make them the target of the terrible Hostel of Righteousness, a supposedly religious sect run by the sadistical maniac, Dr. Thaddeus Pilgrim.
Operating from his headquarters on the Greek island of Kalivari, Pilgrim first believes that Modesty and Willie have got wind of his plans and mean to thwart them. By the time he has discovered his mistake, he has shown his hand too far. Now he must either kill them or force them to join his organisation: at all costs, nothing must happen to upset his most ambitious scheme, the Hallelujah Scenario.
Spirited away to Kalivari by the evil Sibyl Pray and her lover Kazim, Willie is brainwashed into believing that Modesty is dead and that he must kill her murderer - a woman who looks exactly like Modesty herself. When Modesty is lured to Kalivari in search of him, only her quick wits save Willie and herself from disaster, but even when she has restored her faithful lieutenant to his right mind, their lives are still in danger: now they face the full force of Pilgrim's ingenious madness.
For his entertainment, they must enter the Roman amphitheatre on Kalivari and embark on a fight to the death with Sibyl and Kazim, both unparalleled experts in the art of gladiatorial combat. If, as seems unlikely, they emerge alive, they will be invited to replace their opponents as leaders in the Hallelujah Scenario: should they refuse, the good doctor has prepared the most powerful form of persuasion: the Dead Man's Handle contract, spelling death in horrific circumstances to two of Modesty's dearest friends.
Dead Man's Handle reveals Modesty at her most resourceful, fighting not only the mad logic of a shattered mind, but the very elements themselves. It sizzles with action from beginning to end.
Original title: Dead Man's Handle
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Women